GAPI organizes regional meeting in Atlanta
On December 2, 2023, the Georgia Association of Physicians of India (GAPI) organized its Greater Atlanta Regional Meeting. Organized by Dr. Lalitha Medepalli, president-elect GAPI 23-24, and Dr. Amol M. Takalkar, convener, at Tadka Banquet Hall in Alpharetta, the event proved to be a remarkable success, seamlessly blending education, networking, and entertainment.
[Left] GAPI organized its regional meet in Atlanta.
Over 150 physicians attended while the total audience exceeded 180, including members of the executive committee, board of trustees (BOT), and board of directors (BOD). Along with Medepalli, the others present were vice president Dr. Vishal Sharma, secretary Dr. Satish Cheti, and treasurer Dr. Appavuchetty Soundappan.
The board of trustees (2023-24) was represented by chair Dr. Hemant Yagnick from Augusta, Dr. Sreeni Gangasani from Duluth, and Dr. Tarak Patel from Augusta, along with Dr. Pravinchandra Patel from Columbus, GA. The board of directors (2023-24) included Dr. Indira Menon from Decatur, Dr. Amol Takalkar from Decatur, and Dr. Rani Reddy from Statesboro. Additionally, Johns Creek City Council member Parmesh “Bob” Erramilli attended the event.
[Right] Sricharan Chowdhary Kantipudi, MD; MAG President Dr. Charles Wilmer; Dr. Lalitha Medepalli, President-Elect GAPI 23-24; Dr. Amol Takalkar, Convenor Atlanta GAPI regional; and Dr. Vishal Sharma, Vice President GAPI 23-24.
The evening began with a meet and greet session fostering an environment for attendees to socialize. Dr. Nikhil Gangasani, president MSRF 2023-24, and Anita Medepalli, secretary MSRF, 2023-24, led the MSRF abstracts session featuring presentations by medical students, residents, and fellows. These included Thangalakshmi Sivathapandi of Nuclear Medicine at Emory University; Vini Patel, Chief Resident at Northside Hospital, along with Reema Patel and Omama Rahmany; Anita Medepalli of Mercer University School of Medicine; and Sheena Bhushan of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville. The engaging session showcased cutting-edge research by promising young minds.
The main program was emceed by Medepalli and Takalkar. Medepalli, representing Dr. Raj Alappan, delivered a heartfelt address as the GAPI president-elect. The chief guest was Lakshmanan Ramesh Babu, Consul General of Atlanta, and the keynote speakers were State Representative Matt Reeves and Dr. Charles Wilmer, an interventional cardiologist, and president of MAG 2023-24.
[Left] The organizing committee: Amol Takalkar, Lalitha Medepalli, Dr. Neelima Kothari, Dr. Saurabh Khakharia, Dr. Lakshmi GopiReddy, and Dr Indira Menon.
The cultural performances were chaired by Dr. Saurabh Khakaria and emceed by Drs. Lakshmi GopiReddy and Neelima Kothari. The performances featured seven captivating performances, including dances and songs from East Cobb Physicians Group and Cumming Physicians Group, and the dancing spirits of Atlanta men’s physicians. A stand-up comedy act by Dr. Indira Menon and soulful songs created an atmosphere of celebration and unity.
Dr. Vishal Sharma, vice president of GAPI 2023- 24, delivered a gracious vote of thanks. The event concluded with a delightful dinner and a DJ-fueled dance floor.
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